Spend a Quiet Weekend Relaxing at the Inn on the Beartooth
This past weekend I wanted to get away from Billings and relax in the mountains. However, since the weather wasn’t the greatest (camping in the rain tends to be a not-so-fun time) we looked for somewhere to stay in Red Lodge that wasn’t your ordinary hotel. Surprisingly, there are not a lot of places in our closest resort town to stay that are nicer than the Comfort Inn. After much searching, and several phone calls, I found Inn on the Beartooth to be just about what I was looking for.
There are a few bed and breakfast places in Red Lodge. However, barely any of them seem to see the need for a website. That being the case, it is very difficult to really find out what you are getting when you make reservations at one of these places. I called some of them, and one was booked for the night and wouldn’t offer suggestions on which other places else to call. The next one I tried I had to leave a voicemail, and nobody bothered to return my call. After talking with a sort of helpful lady at the Chamber of Commerce I called the Inn on the Beartooth.
The owners of the inn actually live in Florida most of the year. They manage the place during the summer months, and leave it to their daughter Sarah for the winter. Sarah answered the phone right away and even though she was out running errands pulled over in order to talk to me and answer my questions. One of the first things I asked is if they have a website, and I was directed to their Facebook page. From there I was able to review the rooms (although they do need more pictures of just the rooms), and decided it was to my liking.
The Inn on the Beartooth is located just a couple miles past Red Lodge toward the Beartooth pass. The quiet log cabin style lodge just off the highway is warm and inviting. Immediately inside the front doors is a living room with a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace. Rustic Montana décor adorns the room, but the lodging is far from rustic. Sarah will check you in and ask if there are any food allergies she should be aware of. She points out the hot tub immediately behind the lodge, and shows you to your room (after introducing you to Killer, the resident Pomeranian). The rooms are clean and quiet (only six of them in the lodge) and contain books and magazines and are noticeably lacking a television and a clock.
From there, it is up to you how you spend your adventure. You can partake in the festivities that go on in town, or head up the mountain to hike, ski, snowshoe, or fish. You can order a pizza to be delivered to the lodge, or partake in one of the many great restaurants in Red Lodge (If you want fine dining, the Bridge Creek Backcountry has good food, but steep prices. I would only half recommend it). Upon returning you can relax in the hot tub or in front of the fire before retiring for the evening. You will awake the next morning to the smell of fried sausage wafting its way through the inn.
Some adventures are wild and rugged. Some are a little more relaxing and consist of spending some time in a town you usually just pass through. If you are looking for a quiet weekend getaway, I would recommend the Inn on the Beartooth.
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